What is liposuction?
Liposuction, often referred to as simply lipo, is a surgical procedure that removes body fat from places such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms but most commonly performed on the abdomen. There are limits on how much fat can safely be removed but that is dependent on the patients’ body and needs. Different types of liposuction procedures exist depending on the amount of fat cells that need to be removed. Generally speaking, all forms of liposuction involve using a tube to suction out fat from different parts of the body and can be combined with local anesthesia. Although liposuction was first performed in the 1920s, it did not become popular until roughly 30 years ago.
Misconception #1: I am too big or too small for liposuction.
Generally speaking, anyone can be a candidate for liposuction as long as they seek a consultation by a qualified cosmetic surgeon. In some cases if being overweight is an issue, one can lose weight by utilizing proper diet and exercise to become a qualifying candidate.
Misconception #2: Liposuction is dangerous.
Although liposuction is a surgery not to be taken lightly, it is a very common procedure. There are even multiple ways in which to perform the surgery. A good candidate however would be one who is in general good health.
Smart liposuction or smart lipo is a procedure in which fat is melted using a laser therefore making it easier to remove from the body. Smart lipo has its advantages:
- Smart lipo is a type of laser lipo which means it uses wavelengths in light to melt fat cells.
- Smart lipo causes less bleeding and scaring.
- The results are usually typical which means you never have to wonder “does it work”. There will be no surprising, uneven, or lumpy areas on the skin that can occur with traditional liposuction.
Vaser liposuction or vaser lipo is a type of ultrasonic liposuction that uses ultrasound to burst fat cells causing them to liquefy and be easily removed from the body.
In lots of cases, smart lipo and vaser lipo are used in combination to give ultimate results because together they allow larger amounts of fat to be removed from the body.
Misconception #3: Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo Costs
When it comes to deciding on liposuction procedures, most people are more concerned with the cost than anything else about the procedure. The cost is a combination of factors such as areas the liposuction will be performed, operating room fees, anesthesia, non-surgical fees, and of course fees for the actual procedure. In any case, both smart lipo and vaser lipo have similar costs. They both range from a few thousand (e.g. $2,500) to roughly double that amount (e.g. $5,000-$7,000). Of course if you are combining both methods then your numbers will be even higher. Price is not a great determining factor for whom to perform your surgery. Cheaper does not always constitute better. It is always best to perform research on the practitioner.
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